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Day 7-10: San Andres

Visiting the island of the seven coloured sea

sunny 30 °C
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So I arrived in beautiful San Andres just to spend the first day inside with a food poisoning. Not the best start to the trip to San Andres. However, I was luckily fit for fighting the day after so we still had enough days to explore.

The first day we went on a tour to el Acuario and Johnny Kay. El Acuario was a tiny island with good location for snorkeling. There, I met an older man from San Andres who gave me a guided snorkeling tour showing me many different fishes. He also wanted to show me the sleeping sharks, but they were unfortunately not in the spot they used to be. Otherwise, I didnt really like the area as it was too many people and few places to sit down in the shade. I got super hot and very stressed due to all the people. After that we traveled to Johnny Kay another, but bigger island, perfect for swimming and general beach life. On our way between the two islands we where driving by boat. This was almost the best experience as you could see how truly amazing and blue the ocean really is. I have never seen such a blue blue ocean in my life. It was so beautiful! However, the perfect ocean experience was ruined by stressed tourist and colombians wanting to board the boats all at once as we were leaving Johnny Kay. People were fighting to get on the boats and didnt follow the queue. They were acting as if the tour operators would leave them stranded on the beach if they didnt manage to jump on a boat as soon as possible. Hence, too many people kind of ruined the experience a bit.
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On the second day we decided to explore the inland of the Island. This is the least Colombian influenced part of the island. Here you find people who have creole as their first language. The houses and the people were all very Caribbean. It was lade back and beautiful and I absolutely loved it. We visited a church and went up in its bell tower to get a full view of the whole island. It was a bit scary as there was hardly any railing to protect us. Finally, we took the bus to la Piscina were we went for a swim with lots of fishes. At the entrance we where given bread to give to the fish. The fish would literately eat out of your hand. Quite funny but I also found it a bit scary being surrounded by so many fishes - haha! After the swim I went to see the coconut house. I had been recommended this place by Lonely Planet, but I have to admit I was disappointed, as it was only a wooden house (made of the coconut three), I thought it would be more coconut related things. In the evening I bought a few souvenirs.
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Finally, on our last day we went to a beach called Rocky Kay. From this beach it is possible to walk to and island located some meters away from the beach. We enjoyed our afternoon at the beach before setting off to our next destination - Mexico!

Posted by Oiesof 22:56 Archived in Colombia

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